The Mastercard Love Index shows rising e-commerce spending in Kenya

The annual Mastercard Love Index indicates that Kenyans are willing to dig deeper into their pockets to make their partners happy and that they are going online to do it, there has been a 152% increase in the number of e-commerce transactions between 2016 and 2018. The Mastercard Love Index, which is created by analyzing […]

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Column: Digital disruption defines change across industry, sector and organisation

It was reported that Clark Kerr, the first chancellor of the University of California, once said that the ‘status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed’. The Latin phrase has come to define political and business conversations and is the one thing that cannot be maintained in the face of digital disruption. According to IDC, 90% […]

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Vodacom and Facebook partner to launch Facebook Flex in Lesotho

Vodacom has announced a new partnership with Facebook to launch Facebook Flex, a connectivity service that allows peoples to stay connected with news updates all free of charge. With Facebook Flex, customers will be able to switch between free and date modes where users will still be able to like, comment, share content all without […]

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MTN selects Oracle Cloud Applications to drive digital transformation

South Africa based mobile telecommunications major; MTN has chosen Oracle Cloud Applications to drive one of the largest digital transformations in the global telecom industry across all its core business operations. The implementation will help MTN drive efficiency, scale operations and integration across its local and regional operations. “MTN and Oracle partnered in 2018 to […]

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Infor Lands $1.5 Billion Investment Ahead of Potential IPO

Infor, a New York-based cloud software specialised by industry, has landed a massive $1.5 billion investment from its existing shareholders Koch Equity Development, LLC (KED) and Golden Gate Capital. This investment builds on KED’s investment of more than $2 billion in early 2017, and it represents an important milestone as Infor considers a potential IPO […]

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Column: Cloud computing unlocking rapid innovation in Africa

Africa is a continent pulsating with energy and this carries over from its beautiful cultures to business and innovation. Digitalisation is permeating every industry, with cloud computing rapidly becoming an essential component of business transformation. Powered by the energy so infused on the continent, there is a focus on consolidation and a persistence as organisations […]

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Local SEO 101: A 6-Point Guide To Rank Your Business

Local SEO is a search engine optimization tactic that businesses use to focus their SEO strategies on local searches. Instead of competing with other businesses all over the world, they focus on one location so they can have a better chance to rank high in search engine results pages or SERPs. Therefore, it can give […]

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Safaricom Announces New Bundles That Offer Both Calls and Data

Safaricom has today announced new “All in One Monthly Bundles” that will see customers enjoy discounted data and calling rates in one package. The bundles offer customers a choice of five price options including KES 1,000, KES 2,000, KES 3,000, KES 5,000 and KES 10,000 for a 30-day bundle. Based on their needs, customers have […]

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Facebooks opening its first Sub-Saharan Africa Content Review Centre in Kenya

Facebook is opening its first content review centre in Sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi Kenya. The company has partnered with Samasource – one of the largest digital employers in East Africa and a leading social enterprise to open the center. It will employ approximately 100 reviewers by the end of the year, who will support a […]

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Safaricom Partners With KAPS to Enable M-PESA Parking Payment

Safaricom has partnered with KAPS to enable motorists across the country pay for their parking by M-PESA. The partnership will see the service provider integrate M-PESA to their platform, allowing cashless payments at more than 50 locations including malls and hospitals for the first time. “We realized that parking is one of the services that […]

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Google and Kenya Scouts Association launch 2019 edition of Web Rangers programme

The Kenya Scouts Association, with the support of Google yesterday launched the 2019 edition of Web Rangers, a youth programme for online safety at an event to mark Safer Internet Day. The initiative has been implemented in over 15 countries and was launched in Kenya in 2015. This year, Web Rangers is expanding its reach […]

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Nairobi Garage opens third business hub in Karen

Nairobi Garage, a premium business hub for innovative and growing businesses has launched new premises in Karen, now offering three state-of-the-art hubs creating an interlinking coworking network spanning the whole of Nairobi. The new space in Karen offers 14,000 sq ft of workspace, making the total workspace provided by Nairobi Garage across its three locations […]

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Facebook partners with African NGOs for Safer Internet Day 2019

Tomorrow, on 5th February the world will be celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, a day set aside to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology especially among children and young people. To support this day, Facebook has announced that it has partnered with more than 20 African NGOs and government agencies in […]

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[Column] Charting a new course for Africa’s economic prosperity

Imagine a world where the laws of business survival are being redefined and new competitive market models re-assembled with the advent of 4th industrial revolution. Emerging technologies are changing the way organisations shape their offerings and service new markets. They are the muses of innovation and inspiration and the keys to unlocking the potential of […]

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Smart viewing with LG 8K AI television

You’re all geared up for Africa cup of nations –or, if football isn’t your thing, maybe you’re anticipating the IAAF world championships. Either way, you have your pizza, your beer, or you’re brand-new, beautiful OLED TV. But is that OLED giving your ultimate immersive experience? This year, LG will be upscaling their experience on the […]

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Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 Specs, Price and Availability in Kenya

Huawei launched the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 in the country this week. The company is selling the device at Ksh.19,999 and Pre-orders kicked off yesterday until 7th February. Huawei has also partnered with Lipa Later a credit facility that lets you pay for any device of your choice then pay monthly including the new Huawei […]

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Matrix Deconstructed: The trend for targeted ransomware continues

Endpoint security leader Sophos has released a new report  about a new ransomware family called Matrix. The malware has been operating since 2016 and Sophos has tracked 96 samples in the wild. Like previous targeted ransomware, including BitPaymer, Dharma and SamSam, the attackers who are infecting computers with Matrix have been breaking in to enterprise networks […]

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Huawei unveils the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 in Kenya for Ksh. 17,999

Huawei Mobile Kenya has today unveiled its latest device in the Y Series, the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019. The device was launched at an event held at the New Stanley Hotel and will retail at Kshs 17,999. Pre-orders for the phone also kicked off today until 7th February and Huawei says consumers who pre-order will […]

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5 Security Tips To Protect Your Website From Hackers

Most websites right now are using online marketing, and many people claim hackers can’t affect their site. That’s when you lower your guard, and your site crumbles before you. Hacking is quite a problem with blog owners and personal websites, but a huge problem for marketing sites. Many people believe that if they know how […]

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Kalon Venture Partners leads a $1.5M round investment into SA startup Flow

South African venture capital firm Kalon Venture Partners has announced a lead investment of $1,465,400 in local proptech platform Flow, an app that rewards tenants for good behaviour. With Flow, the first app of its kind in the world, tenants in South Africa get rewarded for registering, adding their property details, paying their rent on time, […]

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Nokia 3.1 Plus, Specs, Price and availability in Kenya

The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes in Baltic and Charcoal colours and is already available in the market -selling for an estimated Ksh 17,500.

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Safaricom’s M-PESA Global nominated for Global Mobile Awards 2019

Safaricom’s M-PESA Global has been shortlisted for the Global Mobile Awards 2019 (GLOMO Awards). The service which was launched in November last year has been nominated under the Best Mobile Innovation for Commerce. M-PESA global allows all M-PESA customers to send money to any individual across the world through a variety of channels including directly […]

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Creditinfo new solution to combat synthetic identity fraud for Kenyan mobile lending market

Creditinfo has launched a new Integrated anti-fraud solution to combat identity fraud for the Kenyan mobile lending market. According to the credit information and risk management solutions provider, the solution uses advanced analytics to combat the fraud. “The credit bureau already contains significant data which can be used to highlight potential fraudulent applications, this solution […]

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HP names Elisabeth Moreno VP & Managing Director for HP Africa

HP has announced the appointment of Elisabeth Moreno as the new Managing Director for HP Inc. Africa effective immediately. Based in Johannesburg, Elisabeth Moreno takes over from David Rozzio who will move to another leadership position at HP, leading its Central Europe cluster. In this new role, Moreno will be responsible for providing country leadership […]

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CDC announces new investment to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria

CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has announced a new investment designed to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria. CDC has made a US$15 million commitment to CardinalStone Capital Advisors Growth Fund (“CCA”), a first-time, Nigeria-focused fund that targets SMEs across six sectors: agriculture, industrials, FMCG, healthcare, education and financial services. CCA will use CDC’s capital […]

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Andela raises a further $100M in new round of funding

Andela has today announced the completion of a $100M Series D funding led by Generation Investment Management with participation from existing investors including Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, Spark Capital, and CRE Venture Capital. The most recent financing brings Andela’s total venture funding to $180M. Andela was founded in 2014 to connect Africa’s engineering talent with […]

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‘Collection #1’ data breach leaks more than 700M email addresses

In what has been described as one of the largest data breach in history, the Troy Hunt owned Have I Been Pwned? (HIBP) website last week revealed another huge cache of breached email addresses and passwords. Known as Collection #1, the data breach is said to have leaked more than 700 million emails and passwords. […]

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Featured Image: Jumia MD, Sam Chappatte, PS, State Department of Trade, Dr. Chris Kiptoo (Ministry of Industrialization, Trade & Cooperatives) and Florence Kimata - SMEs Advisor - (Ministry of Industrialization, Trade & Cooperatives) addressing the media during the event. 

Jumia wants to grow its products offering to 10 million in 2019

Jumia wants to cross 10 million products offering on its e-commerce platform in 2019, with new brands exclusive on the platform. The e-commerce leader also plans to grow its market place and vendors on the Jumia platform. This is according to Jumia MD Sam Chappatte. Sam was speaking during an interview with TechTrendsKE to share the company’s […]

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Nokia 5.1 Plus is getting hot slice of Android Pie

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced that the Nokia 5.1 Plus will now begin receiving the latest Android operating system, Android 9 Pie. With Android 9 Pie upgrade arriving on the Nokia 5.1 Plus, a total of seven Nokia smartphones would be running the latest Android OS, giving users access to the […]

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Zimbabweans turn to VPNs following internet shutdown by government

Zimbabweans are turning to Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to circumvent an apparent government internet shutdown according to leading VPN comparison site BestVPN.com. The restrictions have resulted in a spike of interest in VPNs among Zimbabwean internet users, according to internal data from BestVPN.com. The comparison site recorded a 1,560 percent increase on Monday and […]

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MEST opens applications for its $50 MEST Africa startup Challenge

MEST Africa has opened applications for its second annual MEST Africa Challenge, a Pan-African pitch competition for tech scale-ups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa or Cote d’Ivoire who are ready to expand into new markets. This year’s finalists from each country will attend the MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, June 10-12, 2019, […]

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Hackathon software, the innovation is scaled in the right manner now

Hackathon software is the need of time we can say. The hiring persons do not know what skills exactly have within their access and how to find out the right solutions at the right time. They should know about how to find out a right solution and how to make use of the same with […]

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WorldRemit has launched low-cost digital money transfers from South Africa

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has launched its low-cost digital money transfer service from South Africa to over 145 destinations worldwide. Using the WorldRemit app or website, customers can now send money as easily as sending an instant message to global destinations including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan. According to the World Bank, South […]

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Microsoft South Africa appoints Lillian Barnard as new Managing Director

Barnard, the current Director for Public Sector at Microsoft, will replace Zoaib Hoosen who has resigned after nearly five years at the helm.

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Branch raises Ksh 500M arranged by Centum-owned advisory firm, Barium Capital​

All commercial paper issuances have been arranged by the Centum-owned advisory firm, Barium Capital. This latest investment will be used to expand Branch’s services in Kenya.

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Editorial: What Will the Next Phase of Smartphone Innovation Bring?

By Hark-sang Kim, Senior Vice President, Head of Visual R&D Team, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics In light of modest global sales recently, some observers say that smartphone innovation has hit a bottleneck, as new devices bear more iterative upgrades instead of groundbreaking features. Others even predict that the smartphone era may be coming to an […]

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The Need To Explore Space: Tunapanda Institute Plans to Open A Space Exploration Facility in Kibera

Tunapanda Institute was started 6 years ago by Jay Larson and Mick Larson, two globally nomadic brothers from the US with the aim of spreading digital skills globally, starting with Africa. The institution’s model of training young people for three months in practical skills in the fields of technology, design, and business has proven to […]

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Five things you didn’t know you could do with Google Search

Since the launch of Search 20 years ago, Google has built in several useful features and tools to help make everyday life easier. Whether you are looking for information related to your career, education or health, Search provides quick access to tools and reliable resources to help you make informed decisions. Here are some other […]

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Jumia is selling items under Ksh.500 at half the price

Jumia has launched a Stock up campaign that will see its customers purchase up to 500 items under Ksh.500 at half the price. Dubbed Jumia Stock Up Week 500 Items up to 50% off, the campaign will run from 9th to 13th January both on the Jumia website and app. According to a statement from […]

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The 2019 trends impacting mobile on the African continent

According to the GMSA Mobile Economy 2018 report for sub-Saharan Africa, mobile subscribers rose by 44% in 2017 and this was further bolstered by an increase in smartphone penetration that rose by 75%. Mobile broadband is anticipated to comprise 87% of total connections by 2025 across 690 million smartphones.  According to Joachim Wuilmet, Head of […]

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Nokia 6.1 Plus Specs, Price and Availability in Kenya

HMD Global unveiled the Nokia Nokia 6.1 Plus smartphone in July 2018 and its the first smartphone from the company to come with a notched display. The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a 5.80-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2280 pixels. It is powered by octa-core processor and it comes with […]

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Government wants police officers to undergo compulsory ICT training

The Kenyan government wants all police officers to undergo a compulsory six-month training on Information and Communication Technology (ICT). According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i the training is aimed at equipping the officers with basic knowledge and skills to handle the newly launched automated information management system which will be rolled-out across the country. […]

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EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Recovering Deleted Files

Almost every one of us must face the situation once in our life where we lost our very important files and end up regretting. You may have lost it accidentally or may had deleted it purposely but later on, realized that you needed it. In such situations, most of us just lose the hope by […]

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Five agritech startups win seed funding at Senegal Startup Accelerator

Five young Senegalese entrepreneurs have been selected to receive six months of business incubation and $2,000 seed-funding from the Senegal Startup Accelerator to kick-start their business. The Accelerator, run by Kosmos Innovation Center and Reach for Change, has been looking for young Senegalese entrepreneurs with innovative ideas that could tackle the challenges facing the agriculture […]

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Cryptojacking shows no signs of slowing down in 2019, says ESET

Cases of cryptocurrency mining and cryptojacking will continue to grow in 2019, as attackers target smart devices and home assistants to build cryptomining farms, according to ESET’s latest trends report.  Along with cryptomining, Cybersecurity Trends 2019: “Privacy and intrusion in the global village” details the predictions of top experts from the global cybersecurity firm, revealing the […]

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Telkom introduces Free Zones with free calls for its pre-paid voice customers

Kenya’s third largest mobile operator Telkom has launched Free Zones for its pre-paid voice customers. The Telkom Free zones according to the operator is part of its commitment to offer more value and benefit to its customers. Telkom Free Zones are selected areas where Telkom Kenya offers free calls, all day and all night, with […]

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Facebook’s growing momentum in Africa (Infographic)

2018 saw Facebook grow its momentum and step up its investment in Africa. Today, more than 139 million people across Sub-Saharan Africa come to Facebook every month, of which nearly 98% come back on mobile. Have a look at the infographic below to see Facebook’s year in numbers, projects and highlights and learn how it […]

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M-KOPA raises new funding from Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation

M-KOPA has raised funding from Japanese multinational, Sumitomo Corporation to empower homes and small businesses. The deal was announced on December 18, 2018, though the exact amount, as well as other details about the deal, weren’t disclosed. Through this investment, Sumitomo Corporation aims to launch a new business related to distributed power sources and contribute to […]

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Future of Artificial Intelligence Looks Bright

A few years ago, the idea of controlling your lights or even security system remotely through your smartphone would have been deemed so futuristic and only present in the minds of science fiction novelists.   Artificial intelligence might conjure images of the latest Sci-fi movie that you recently watched, yet in actual sense, its actual […]

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Turn your TV into your personal assistant with the new LG AI TVs

When Google recently announced that Google Assistant is now integrated into more than 5,000 smart home devices, most of us wondered how far the evolution of the TV would go. In many households, the TV has positioned itself as a must-have home device that is used both actively and passively. So natural was the transition […]

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LG makes the shift to 5G

Imagine a world where houses are self-cleaning and electrical grids responding automatically to fluxes in energy demands. Think about virtual reality, or even augmented reality devoid of the annoying lag that are often in today’s networks. Or should I put it as, living in a smarter and more connected world? From the very basic mobile […]

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Liquid Telecom has partnered with Code for Africa to map air pollution in Kenya

Liquid Telecom Kenya has partnered with Code for Africa (CfA) to install air quality sensors in 3,000 sites across Kenya. The sensors will be installed in a phased rollout at Liquid Telecom Kenya’s towers country-wide and powered by the company’s new Internet of Things (IoT) Low Power Wide Area (Sigfox LPWAN) network. The nationwide rollout […]

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8K OLED TV is Here With Us

In the next few years, you could actually be binge-watching your favourite show in a self-driving car, or checking who is knocking at your door without actually rising from the comfort of your couch. A while back 4K filming and streaming went mainstream through making picture quality clearer. But who knew it could go to […]

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What’s Good for 2019? 5G Network

2018 has been a great year for technology.  It is the year that saw the awe-inspiring scientific and technological advances that have the potential to change our lives in dramatic ways come close to realizing their potential. IBM released its ‘Five-for-Five’ report, highlighting amazing technological advances that will have a real impact on lives in […]

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24Bit Podcast: Discussion on Safaricom’s Neon Kicka 4 Smartphone

  The Safaricom Neon Kicka 4 was unveiled in October 2018 under the company’s #MaishaNiDigital campaign and is selling at Ksh.3,499. It is an Android Go device and that price tag makes it the cheapest Android Go device in the market right now. In our latest episode of 24Bit we talk about the smartphone and […]

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Dimension Data Solutions to launch its digital business solutions in 2019

Dimension Data East Africa, trading as Dimension Data Solutions Limited has announced plans to launch its digital business solutions in East Africa in 2019. Using big data and analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies the firm says it will start deploying niche solutions targeting its core client segments of financial services, public sector, telecommunications, […]

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Western Union and TerraPay partner to expand payout options to Mobile Wallets across Africa

Western Union, has announced a new partnership with TerraPay to enable mobile wallet and bank account payout options across Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The partnership further expands upon Western Union’s account payout network for sending remittances directly into customers’ mobile wallets across these regions. TerraPay’s low value payments network connects financial instruments internationally. […]

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South Africa’s insurtech startup Pineapple accepted into US Insurance accelerator

More than a year and a month after insurance tech startup Pineapple raised R5.2m from Lireas Holdings, the strategic investment arm of Hannover-Re Group Africa, the startup has now been accepted into The Hartford Insurtech Hub. The Johannesburg-based startup will get to work with top Insurance companies in the US such as Travellers, Aetna, USAA, […]

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Mastercard, DPO Group partner to boost Pan-African merchant payments

Mastercard and Africa’s leading payment service provider, DPO Group have entered into a new partnership to enable more than 40,000 African merchants to accept Mastercard payments. The collaboration will enable DPO to act as a Pan-African switch by using the Mastercard Payments Gateway Services (MPGS). DPO will now be able to independently authorise transactions without […]

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A look back: Digital transformation in South Africa

The start of 2018 saw global technology research and advisory firm, International Data Corporation (IDC), predict that South African channel partners would have to evolve strategy and platform to meet the growing demand for digital transformation. With more than 90% of organisations already embarking on a digital transformation strategy at the beginning of the year, […]

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Guest Post: Driverless cars: The future of Transportation

By Rilind Elezaj. Driverless cars, which are also known as self-driving or autonomous vehicles, are the future of transportation. Various car brands from all over the world have already expressed great interest in them, mainly because of the transformation that they can bring into the transport industry. These machines depend on sensors to favorably interact […]

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Column: Automation vacation – technology driving change in the Kenyan travel industry

By Corine Mbiaketcha Nana, Managing Director Kenya Hub covering East, Central and West Africa at Oracle. It is often said we live for the holidays, and perhaps proof of that is the fact that today, the tourist industry is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world, with a business volume equal to […]

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Sopho adds Lateral Movement Protection to XG Firewall to prevents threats from spreading

Sophos has now included lateral movement protection to prevent targeted, manual cyberattacks or exploits from infiltrating further into a compromised network. According to the SophosLabs 2019 Threat Report there is a rise in targeted ransomware. With the SamSam ransomware campaign estimated to have earned more than $6.5 million, it is not surprising that criminals are […]

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Ecobank names MFS Africa Ltd as its Digital payment partner

Ecobank has announced the appointment of MFS Africa as its Digital payment partner enabling cross-platform payment services for Ecobank account holders. The partnership allows Ecobank customers to send and receive money to and from over 170 million mobile money users through an integration with MFS Africa that covers all Telcos in the MFS Africa Hub. […]

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Business Security 101: 4 Easy Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

Data breaches are now more common than ever. As a business owner, safeguarding your business data is as important as securing your personal information. During data breaches, both your proprietary information and your customer data are at risk. Data theft has many faces, and it doesn’t just involve hacking your computer or network. It can […]

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Column: Kickstarting the future- The South African entrepreneur

By: Chetan Goshalia, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at SqwidNet The small to medium enterprise (SME) is the lifeblood of the economy. In Brazil, more than 16 million small to microenterprises make up around 20% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). In India, 26 million SMEs make up around 8% of the country’s GDP. And […]

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Uganda’s Ultra-affordable ultrasound startup M-SCAN wins TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018

Uganda’s ultra-affordable ultrasound startup M-SCAN is the winner of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018. The startup was crowned as Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup at the event held in Lagos, Nigeria on 11 December. Bettr, a virtual banking experience powered by the smartphone and data was the runner up. TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018, sponsored […]

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Year in Search: What Kenyans Searched for on Google in 2018

Google yesterday released Year in Search 2018, an overview of the searches and questions that drove Kenyans online throughout the year. The trending searches in 2018 were mainly dominated by events and personalities. Kenyans’ enthusiasm for football was once again seen in the fact that ‘World Cup 2018’ took the top spot in the trending […]

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More collaborative efforts required to fight mobile money fraud and cyber crime, says DPP

The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has called on all stakeholders in financial institutions and banking sector to work together to strengthen the fight against mobile money fraud and cybercrime. Speaking this week during a forum that brought together stakeholders in banking and financial sectors, Haji noted that there was need to fortify governance and law enforcement […]

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OPPO Unveils The OPPO A7 Smartphone: Specs, Price And Availability in Kenya

OPPO has unveiled the OPPO A7, its latest device in the A series in the Kenyan market.  The company says the A series has been among its best-selling smartphones since being launched. The Oppo A7 runs on ColorOS 5.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and sports a 6.2-inch HD+ IPS LCD panel with […]

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Kenidia Assurance looking at product diversification and regional expansion as it marks marks 40th Anniversary

Kenindia Assurance has reiterated its commitment to doing business in Kenya even as it repositions itself for accelerated growth within East Africa. The insurance company, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Kenya says is looking at product diversification and regional expansion. Mr. Inderjeet Singh, Kenindia Managing Director  said that their 40 years of experience […]

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MTN has launched a new music streaming service in South Africa

MTN has launched a fully inclusive time-based music streaming service through Simfy Africa, a local music streaming service in South Africa. Known as MusicTime!, the launch comes just a month after MTN announced that it had acquired Simfy Africa. MusicTime! is a fully inclusive time-based music streaming service, offering users premium trending and locally relevant […]

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Cellulant is building a single payments API for Africa’s fintech companies

Cellulant has announced plans to build an application programming interface (API) for Africa’s payments companies to solve payment problems in Africa. The interface according to the Pan-African payments company is also expected to grow eCommerce and improve cross-border remittances in the region. Speaking at the CIO 100 Symposium held in Naivasha Kenya last week, Felix […]

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3 Things to Consider When Buying PoE Powered Ethernet Extension

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a relatively new technology that most people are still unfamiliar with. In simple terms, PoE lets you transmit electricity through your regular network cable. This device can power IP cameras, access points, VOIP phones, and even LED lighting systems. Gone are the days of setting up a separate network connection […]

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Jacques Vermeulen appointed new Coca-Cola Beverages Africa CEO

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) announces the appointment of Jacques Vermeulen, the current managing director of its international division, to the position of Group CEO of CCBA from 1 December. Vermeulen has served as managing director of CCBA’s International Division, which covers all of CCBA’s Africa operations outside South Africa, since July 2016. He first joined […]

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The Opportunity Cost of Doing Business for SMEs in Africa

The African economy has gathered momentum over the years, with an estimated increase of 3.8% of the real output growth in 2017. As the largest economies gradually strengthen, the 2018/2019 performance should reach 4.1% according to the African Development Bank. This economic growth and sustainable development has largely been contributed by Small and Medium Enterprises […]

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Jumia launches ‘Krisi na Jumia – Twende Ocha’ Campaign, to sell Mbuzi at Ksh.999

Christmas is almost here with us and Jumia has yet again unveiled another campaign for its customers dubbed Krisi na Jumia – Twende Ocha. The campaign will see customers purchase Mbuzi at Ksh.999 and other goods at discounted prices throughout the month of December. For the second time this year, Jumia has partnered with Kiserian […]

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Sophos warns of more SamSam ransomware copycat attacks in 2019

Instead of using mass spamming techniques to blast malware to millions of recipients in the hope of collecting thousands of dollars each from thousands of victims scattered all over the world, the SamSammers used a more pin-point approach. They identified lists of networks where they knew there was a security hole, such as a remote access […]

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Jambojet appoints Allan Kilavuka as its new Managing Director and CEO

Regional low-cost carrier, Jambojet has appointed Mr. Allan Kilavuka as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer effective 1st January, 2019. Mr Kilavuka is taking over from Mr. Willem Hondius who has been at the helm of the airline since its inception in 2014. Prior to his appointment, Allan Kilavuka served at General Electric (GE), where […]

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Carrefour Kenya partners with Jumia to sell groceries online

Majid Al Futtaim, the exclusive franchisee operator of Carrefour in 15 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has partnered with Jumia to sell groceries and household goods online starting end of December. Through this partnership, the two partners say more shoppers will now have access to a variety of Carrefour products, providing them with a shopping […]

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Outlook on the Insurance Industry in Kenya – Kenindia Assurance

Having grown from a turnover of Kshs 200m per year to over Kshs 3 billion per year, Kenindia Assurance will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. We had a one-on-one with Mr. James Macharia, the Chief Operations Officer who shared the company’s journey over the years and his perspective of the insurance industry. 1.   Give us a brief […]

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Korea Invests $9 Million to Support Development of Science and Technology Skills Across Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) has signed an initial US$ 3.8 million grant agreement with the World Bank to support the development of science and technology skills across Sub-Saharan Africa. The grant is part of a larger US$ 9 million grant by the Government of Korea to support the Regional Scholarship […]

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Watching Made Smarter Through LG’s ThinQ AI TVs

It is 2018 and televisions are more advanced and better than ever. Televisions have rapidly evolved over the last couple of years.  Not long ago, terms like 4K and Ultra HD sounded like technology that was only suited to wealthy early adopters. Fast forward to the present times and Ultra HD is slowly becoming the […]

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Globalization in the era of LG

It is not news that smart devices have tremendously increased over the past years bringing with it globalisation. Analysts’ project that by 2020 there will be an ecosystem of over 25 billion connected devices worldwide. This means that much more data will be needed to boost the effectiveness of smart devices. Secondly, industries will need […]

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Sophos Adds Endpoint Detection and Response to Intercept X Advanced

Sophos today launched the latest addition to its endpoint solution portfolio, Intercept X with EDR.  Powered by Sophos’ deep learning neural network, which is trained on hundreds of millions of samples to look for suspicious attributes of malicious code to detect never-before-seen threats, Intercept X with EDR provides organizations with broad, expert analysis of potential […]

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12 South African startups selected for Knife Capital’s 4th Grindstone Accelerator

South African venture capital firm Knife Capital has announced the twelve African startups that will take part in its fourth Grindstone Accelerator programme. The 12 will join former Grindstone accelerated companies such as ticketing solutions provider Quicket, financial inclusion business Picsa; augmented reality animation & gaming company SeaMonster; payments software provider Electrum, transport data company […]

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Jumia Black Friday Ultimate Battle – iPhone X + Samsung Galaxy Note 9

We have previously told you about the Jumia Ultimate Black Friday 2018 deals which will begin on the 23rd of November 2018 at 9 am. On this day, customers will enjoy huge discounts on products like Unga for Ksh. 20, groceries, and even tech products like TVs and phones. And now Jumia has also announced […]

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Cellulant patners with Facebook to launch Augmented Reality (AR) powered try-on experiences on Messenger

Pan-African Payments company, Cellulant, has built Africa’s first Augmented Reality (AR) powered try-on experiences in Facebook Messenger. As part of the roll-out programme, Kenyan brand Huddah Cosmetics, has been selected as the first social commerce merchant on Mula to launch the platform; leveraging on Facebook to provide a unique product discovery shopping experience for their […]

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Jumia Ultimate Black Friday 2018 deals revealed: Groceries, TVs, Phones — and Unga for Ksh.20 bob

The Jumia Ultimate Black Friday 2018 deals have been revealed and there are some good ones which online shoppers in Kenya can take advantage off. The online retailer’s sale begins on the 23rd of November 2018 at 9 a.m but will be officially launched on 22nd at exactly 11:59 pm. Its circular highlights a bunch of […]

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Standard Chartered’s ‘Women in Tech’ accelerator program has attracted over 180 women-led startups

Standard Chartered’s ‘Women in Tech’ accelerator program has attracted over 180 women-led startups. The startups will, however, be reduced to 40 during a shortlisting exercise which has been slated for this week.   The Women in Tech is an initiative targeting women-led start-ups leveraging on technology as a key driver to innovation in business. Launched […]

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Liquid Telecom Kenya reveals sustainability gains that have driven 20% sales growth

Liquid Telecom Kenya has published its second annual Sustainability Report revealing the internal reorganisation and value initiatives that have helped drive the company’s rapid revenue and profit growth. Liquid Telecom Kenya has invested heavily in its countrywide infrastructure and product offering to achieve consistently strong sales growth of 20% a year. The sharpest growth was […]

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Sophos 2019 Threat Report unveils the rise of the hand-delivered, targeted

Sophos has launched its 2019 Threat Report providing insights into emerging and evolving cybersecurity trends. The report, produced by SophosLabs researchers, explores changes in the threat landscape over the past 12 months, uncovering trends and how they are expected to impact cybersecurity in 2019. “The threat landscape is undoubtedly evolving; less skilled cyber criminals are being forced out […]

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[Column] Reasons for the Growing Bitcoin market in Africa

Recently, Africa has shown to be a fertile ground for Cryptocurrency with several countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe among others embracing its adoption. There are several reasons to this boom. One of them is the fact that African governments no longer impose stringent regulations to Cryptocurrency. This might be […]

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[Column] IoT is as simple as ABC…D! Part 3 – Choosing Connectivity

There is no doubt that the Internet of Things (IoT) can solve everyday challenges using technology, and with IDC predicting there being over 20 billion connected devices by 2020, we are seeing an emergence of more IoT technology, creating even more choice. However, when it comes to designing your own IoT solution, all this choice […]

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Report: WannaCry is still alive hitting almost 75,000 users in Q3 2018

One and a half years after its epidemic, WannaCry ransomware tops the list of the most widespread cryptor families and the ransomware has attacked 74,621 unique users worldwide. These attacks accounted for 28.72% of all users targeted by cryptors in Q3 2018. The percentage has risen over the last year, demonstrating more than two-thirds growth […]

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Cellulant announces partnership with 2018 Pwani Innovation Week

Cellulant today announced its partnership and title sponsorship of the inaugural Pwani Innovation Week in conjunction with Swahilipot Hub. To be hosted in Mombasa County, the first Pwani Innovation Week will take place from 3-7 December 2018  at the Kenya Coastal Polytechnic.   The highlight of this partnership will include a Concept Hack where youth from […]